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My 2017 Booklist

The summer is coming and reading by the pool is a high priority on my agenda. I love to sit poolside with an iced tea (of course) while reading a good book.

In the spirit of the summer season, I decided to organize my reading list. Because it is so huge and I need to record it all in one place.

Will I actually read all of these books before 2017 ends?

Perhaps. But maybe not.

And that is okay with me because I’ll just put the remaining titles on a list for 2018.

Without further ado, this is “Mary’s Completely Ridiculous Amount of Books to Read Booklist” otherwise known as the “2017 Booklist”

My 2017 booklist

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Titles that I read will be removed and relocated to the bottom of this post with a few thoughts.

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2017 Booklist: Professional Development – Homeschooling

Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson
The One World Schoolhouse by Salman Kahn
Teach like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms by Timothy D. Walker
Let’s Play Math by Denise Gaskins
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
The Growth Mindset Coach by Annie Brock
Give Your Child the World by Jaime Martin

2017 Booklist: Professional Development – Writing

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Writing with Power by Peter Elbow
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

2017 Booklist: Personal Development

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters by Rachel Macy Stafford
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross

2017 Booklist: Just For Fun

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Bronze Horseman (Book One of a Series) by Paulina Simmons
Outlander (Book one of a Series) by Diana Gabaldon
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
The Circle by Dave Eggers (then I’ll see the movie)
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
A Discovery of Witches (Book One of a Series) by Deborah Harkness
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman
Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Lake House by Kate Morton
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Neffenegger
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Book 1 of a series)
Paper Towns by John Green
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

2017 Booklist: Our Future Homeschool Titles

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Walking by Henry David Thoreau
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Georges by Alexandre Dumas
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson

2017 Booklist: Theology Books

(cause theology books and podcasts are fun for me!)

A History of God by Karen Armstrong
Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost my Faith and Found it Again Through Science by Mike McHargue
The Sin of Certainty by Pete Enns
Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
Help. Thanks. Wow by Anne Lamott

2017 Booklist: Non-Fiction

The Trigger: Hunting the Assasin who Brought the World to War by Tim Butcher
The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

2017: The Books I Have Read

Just for Fun Fiction

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I read this one at the beach in May and it was perfectly creepy and suspenseful, which I love. I felt as confused as the main character the entire time. I look forward to reading more by this author as she definitely kept me turning the pages!

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Haunting and mysterious, this book drew me into the world of Vida Winter and her story. I felt as if I was moving through a somewhat magical world as the story unfolded. The lanugage used and the author’s writing are truly beautiful. I absorb YA fiction, so this was a lovely change.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero

In this tale, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes meets the great-great-great-grandson of Dr. Watson at a prep school in the US.

Admittedly, I was never a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, though I did enjoy the TV series. That was enough background knowledge for me to enjoy this book. If you were a fan of the book then you will have a lot more knowledge about the crime scenes in this tale.

This wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I enjoyed it enough to keep the remaining titles in mind for poolside reading this summer.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

Beautifully written and wonderfully suspenseful. I can hardly believe that I never read this classic title. I have vague memories of seeing the Alfred Hitchcock movie, but I can’t be sure so I have added that movie to my summer movie list.

I enjoyed the plot twists and was carried along through Maxim’s second wife’s thoughts throughout the story. I believed as she believed and therefore was surprised at the ending. Great read.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

I enjoyed this book more the second time through after watching the Netflix mini-series. I love the way that the narrator “talks” to the audience throughout the story.

Of course, this time through I was reading it for work as I was writing a party school book club guide for Brave Writer. There is plenty of material in this book for a very memorable book club!

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I read this one for our coming homeschool year and enjoyed it immensely. The stories of several individual characters are weaved together in this dystopic tale.

Most of the population of the planet is wiped out in a fictional pandemic, the Georgia Flu, and survivors must learn a new way of living. Mainly told through the lens of the post-pandemic world, the author creatively flashes back to the pre-pandemic world and fills in the gaps in the backgrounds of the main characters.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

My 14-year-old read this one and told me that it was “okay”. She was so eager to read it that if she didn’t really love it then I am not going to bother. I was only reading it to discuss it with her and I did read some of it before I handed it over to her. We had a little discussion about it and she went with it.

So I removed it from the “to read” list and put it down here even though I didn’t read it. It was read by SOMEONE in the house. (*wink)

The Dry by Jane Turner

This one was a perfect summer read. It is a murder mystery that unfolds the past and the present as you read. The setting is hot and dry and it adds to the intensity of the mystery.

I did not predict the ending which is a nice bonus! When you read enough mystery books and watch enough crime shows, you sometimes predict the ending too easily!

Theology Books

What is the Bible by Rob Bell

I am a HUGE fan of Rob Bell’s podcast but I have not been a fan of his books. I have often said that he is a better speaker than writer, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

I wasn’t feeling so impressed in the first few chapters, but then the book began to really interest me. I don’t agree with every conclusion that Rob makes but he always gives me a lot to think about. I appreciated the back section of the book where he tackled some of the big questions of faiBibled the bible.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Andrea H May 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    I just finished The Little Book of Hygge last week. I must admit, I was very disappointed by it. I felt that as a homeschooler, especially a Julie Bogart/ Brave Writer follower, a lot of this was already being incorporated…the candles, adding community into your home, etc. It is a quick read, though. I am currently enjoying The Book of Joy with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu a thought provoking read for personal development.

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com May 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Good to know. I am probably going to feel the same way because we also do many of the Brave Writer lifestyle elements. Thanks for sharing two more titles to check out!

  • Reply Leslie DeJarnette June 19, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I really enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See. One of the best fiction books I’ve read in awhile! My kids really liked Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, too.

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com June 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Leslie, I have heard that All the Light We Cannot see is amazing. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for popping in!

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